Falkirk businesswoman in hunt for next Miss Universe

Young Entrepreneur Lisa Wardlaw  of The Belle of the Ball receives her award from David East of INEOS''Picture: Michael Gillen
Young Entrepreneur Lisa Wardlaw of The Belle of the Ball receives her award from David East of INEOS''Picture: Michael Gillen

Seizing opportunities as they come along has already gained Lisa Wardlaw plaudits and prizes – now she is launching a new venture.

The owner of The Belle of the Ball in Bank Street, Falkirk, is entering the world of beauty pageants and hopes to give one lucky young woman the chance to be Miss Universe.

Lisa, who last month took the Young Entrepreneur of the Year title at The Falkirk Herald Business Awards, has been given the go ahead to bring the competition back to Scotland.

In March she will host the Miss Universe Edinburgh contest with the winner going on to represent the region in the Great Britain final. The winner automatically lands a place in Miss Universe 2015. Owned by American tycoon Donald Trump it is one of the largest beauty pageants in the world.

Lisa (26) said: “The beauty pageant is arguably more popular than ever. Since opening my shop two years ago, I’ve noticed that a lot of clients were looking for dresses for pageants and I decided there was a great opportunity to get involved.

“Most of the dresses I sell are sourced from the United States so people can get something which is different. But I’m also finding that I’m able to pass on tips to people about what is involved in pageants and how they can promote themselves.”

Next month she is hosting a two-day event in Falkirk’s Cladhan Hotel for would-be competitors which will include American Steven Roddy, the man behind the website www.thepageantplanet.com.

Lisa added: “He will be able to pass on so many tips to people that it will be a great opportunity. People from all over the UK and Ireland have signed up to attend. It is great that all these people will be visiting this area.”